Hoy crashes in Denmark as Brits have a mixed world cup

Sir Chris faces fitness race for world championships as the rest of the world bites back

by Tony Farrelly   February 16, 2009  

Chris Hoy, World Track Championships 2008 (© johnthescone)

After more than 30 keirin races, Sir Chris Hoy finally suffered the occupational hazard of keirin racing at the world cup event in Denmark, when he crashed spectacularly on Saturday.

The smash left his bike in pieces and Hoy needing hospital treatment for cuts, bruises and swollen joints - you can see the crash and it's aftermath here. The Scotsman now faces a race to be fit to defend his two world titles at the world championships in Poznan in six weeks time.

Speaking afterwards Hoy said: "These things happen and it was a racing incident.
"It is a miracle I have had around 30 races without a crash since I started riding the keirin in 2006."

Sir Chris was due to race against French track legend Arnaud Tournant at the Revolution meet in Manchester next week, in the Frenchman's final race before retirement, but that is now said to be extremely doubtful.

Hoy's crash was typical of a weekend on which the British track riders were not able to impose their usual dominance over their track rivals.

Jason Kenny, Matthew Crampton and Ross Edgar all missed out on a medal in the sprint with the first three places going to the French, and Victoria Pendleton lost out in the keirin – she finished sixth in the final.

Peter Kennaugh crashed in the madison which put paid to any hopes he and partner Rob Hayles had of a medal.

It wasn't all gloom though: Hoy, Jamie Staff and Jason Kenny won the team sprint; Lizzie Armistead, Katie Colclough and Joanna Rowsell the women's team pursuit; Victoria Pendleton the women's sprint – after falling in the semi final; Liz Armistead took the scratch race; and Jo Rowsell took bronze in the 3000m individual pursuit